- A photo of Rebekah Lee, a 19-year-old college student in Atlanta, has gone viral on social media due to a racist photobomb captured in the background.
- In the photo, which was taken on Saturday, a woman can be seen teaching a young girl how to pull her eyes back in a squint, appearing to mock Asian eyes.
- The tweet has received over 65,000 retweets, with many users angered by the racist gesture.
A photo of a college student dining at an Asian restaurant in Georgia has gone viral on social media due to a racist photobomb captured in the background.
Rebekah Lee, a 19-year-old student at Emory College of Arts & Sciences, was dining at the restaurant Ton-Ton Ramen at Ponce City Market in Atlanta on Saturday when she had her photo taken shortly after her food arrived.
- Robert Aaron Long, who pleaded guilty to the Atlanta-area spa shootings of March 2021, will begin his death penalty trial in Fulton County in January 2023.
- The trial was supposed to start on Oct. 17, but a judge granted a delay at the request of prosecutors in light of a new Supreme Court decision and a new state law on expert testimony.
- Long, 23, shot eight people to death in Fulton and Cherokee Counties; six of them were women of Asian descent.
- He was sentenced to life without parole for the four murders that occurred in Cherokee, where he blamed his actions to a “sex addiction.”
- Fulton prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty partly due to his hate crime enhancements, which are believed to be the first application of the law in Georgia.
Robert Aaron Long, who faces the death penalty for four of the 2021 Atlanta-area spa shootings, will begin his trial in January 2023 instead of Oct. 17, according to reports.
Fulton County Superior Judge Ural Glanville delayed Long’s trial at the request of prosecutors. But attorneys for both sides reportedly agreed on a need for more preparation in light of a new, unspecified Supreme Court decision and a new state law on expert testimony.
- Protestors have accused a local nonprofit located in Atlanta of misusing funds meant to help minorities and refugees.
- Chaiwon Kim, a former co-CEO of the Center for Pan-Asian Community Services (CPACS) has been accused of appropriating the money for personal use and unfairly hiring and compensating family members.
- The other co-CEO, Dr. Jung Ha Kim, claimed that she had been fired for speaking out.
- In a moment of solidarity, staff walked out of CPACS with Dr. Jung on Friday.
Several people gathered outside a local nonprofit organization in Atlanta earlier this week to protest its alleged misuse of funds meant to help minorities and refugees.
The Center for Pan Asian Community Service (CPACS) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on serving Asian Americans and other underrepresented populations in Atlanta. Chaiwon Kim, one of its former co-CEOs, is accused of appropriating the nonprofit’s money for personal use.
- Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil held in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on Monday night to honor the life of Kathryn “Katie” Newhouse, the 19-year-old autistic Filipino American transgender woman killed by her father inside their home in Canton, Georgia, last month.
- “She was like a little sister to me,” Journey Jennings, Newhouse’s friend, said. “She was a real sweetheart... I would’ve never imagined something like this happening to her.”
- Officers from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office found Newhouse and her father, Howard Newhouse, dead inside their home in the Bridge Mill subdivision at around 5:45 p.m. on March 19. Authorities later confirmed that Newhouse’s father had fatally shot her before killing himself with the same gun.
- “We must work to protect transgender and gender non-conforming people facing abuse so they can safely live their truth and dismantle life-threatening systems of oppression,” Tori Cooper, the director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative at the Human Rights Campaign, said.
Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil held in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on Monday to honor the life of a 19-year-old autistic transgender woman who was killed by her father inside their home last month.
The vigil was organized by the friends of Kathryn “Katie” Newhouse and raised awareness about the rise in violence against transgender and gender non-conforming community members in the U.S.
Prosecutor affirms plan to seek death penalty for Atlanta shooter, cites ‘complete support’ from families
Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis has affirmed her intention to seek the death penalty for Robert Aaron Long, the man who shot eight people to death — including six Asian women — in three spas in the Atlanta area earlier this year.
The latest: Long, 22, appeared at the Fulton County Superior Court on Monday for charges involving four of the eight deceased victims. These crimes include murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism, the Associated Press reported.
A gay Asian man who fell into a coma following a brutal attack in Atlanta last month, is now making “tremendous progress” in his recovery.
Courageous recovery: Joshua Dowd, 28, had a very active day on Saturday as he tried to move his head, both of his arms and his legs following the incident, according to the recent update on his GoFundMe page.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated from its original version to say that AP reportedly misquoted District Attorney Shannon Wallace during Robert Aaron Long’s hearing on July 27. The full quote has been included below.
The Atlanta shooter who murdered eight people, six being of Asian descent, in March has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life.
The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the case of a gay man who was found with a serious head injury on train tracks in the Lindbergh area of Buckhead early morning on July 11.
At the scene: Police were alerted to the 2100 block of Piedmont Road where someone saw Joshua Dowd, 28, alone and barely breathing as he laid on the train tracks with his head bleeding, reported CBS46.
Police officer Khuong Thai is now recovering from his injuries following a shootout with a gunman at an Atlanta apartment building on Wednesday.
What happened: Joseph Lee Humbles, 29, allegedly fired his gun at Thai and fellow officer Joshua Lovreta who were responding to a call of shots fired in the area, WSB TV reported.
A pair of Bruce-Lee-inspired sneakers made over $50,000 for the families of the victims of Atlanta’s mass shooting in March.
What happened: NBA star Steph Curry’s court-worn shoes went for $51,000 following 15 bids that closed on Saturday, reported SCMP.
Robert Aaron Long, the suspect in the March shootings in the Atlanta region has been indicted on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed to seek the death penalty and hate crime charges.
About the indictment: A Fulton County grand jury indicted the 22-year-old in the killings of Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant and Yong Ae Yue, at the spas in Atlanta.
An officer from the Atlanta Police Department developed a bond with a homeless man that began before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Melina Lim, 25, was on her daily routine of checking up on businesses around northwest Atlanta shortly before the pandemic hit, when she saw Jawee Bilal Faheem, 61, who goes by the name “Doc,” holding a sign on the side of the road, according to 11Alive.